The Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-11, 2-5 Big 10) can put an end to a five-game road losing streak when they go head-to-head with the Wisconsin Badgers (11-7, 4-3 Big 10) at Kohl Center. Action begins at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Odds Preview
The last time the Cornhuskers played, they were beaten by the Indiana Hoosiers, 82-74. With 20 points on 5-for-15 shooting, Cam Mack was the top scorer from either team. Indiana had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.3 vs. 18.2). Nebraska, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (13.1 vs. 18.6).
The Badgers are trying to rebound after their 67-55 loss to the No. 15 Michigan State Spartans in their last matchup. Nate Reuvers was the game’s high scorer with 19 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Michigan State had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (30.3 vs. 22.5). Wisconsin, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (12.4 vs. 16.1).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Badgers won both meetings last season. In the most recent game, Wisconsin won 66-62. The Badgers played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.220 and a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.550. The Cornhuskers recorded marks of 0.095 and 0.444, respectively, for those same stats.
Nebraska could struggle to create turnovers. Wisconsin ranks 34th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while Nebraska forces the 202nd-most turnovers (19.3 percent). Conflicting tempos will be on display in this battle. The fast-paced Cornhuskers rank 46th in possessions per game, while the more methodical Badgers rank 347th.
Nebraska vs. Wisconsin Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Wisconsin, ATS Winner – Wisconsin, O/U – Under
The Badgers rank 31st in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while the Cornhuskers rank 161st (5.1).
Wisconsin ranks 18th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while Nebraska ranks 26th (5.1).
Wisconsin ranks 48th in rebounds allowed per game (32.4) while Nebraska ranks 279th (46.4).
The Badgers rank 25th in three pointers allowed per game (18.0) while the Cornhuskers rank 252nd (26.0).
Wisconsin ranks 42nd in assists allowed per game (10.6) while Nebraska ranks 188th (13.8).
The Badgers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.4, down from 6.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cornhuskers have scored an average of 67.4 points per game (5.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 74.6 points per game (0.2 below their season average).